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13 - 15

Thursday 13 June - Saturday 15 June

G7 Leaders’ Summit

Apulia (Italy)

On January 1, 2024, Italy assumed, for the seventh time, the Presidency of the G7: the group that brings together Italy, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The G7, in which the European Union also participates, is united by common values and principles and plays an invaluable role in defending freedom and democracy and addressing global challenges.

The Italian Presidency will last until December 31, 2024, and will feature a dense programme of technical meetings and institutional events throughout the country. The main event, the Leaders’ Summit, will be held on June 13-15 in Apulia.

16 - 21

Sunday 16 June - Friday 21 June

World Bio­di­ver­si­ty Fo­rum

Davos (Switzerland)

Un­der the theme From Sci­ence to Ac­tion, the third World Bio­di­ver­si­ty Fo­rum  brings to­geth­er re­searchers across all dis­ci­plines of bio­di­ver­si­ty sci­ence with prac­ti­tion­ers and so­ci­etal ac­tors to ex­plore how to move from sci­ence to ac­tions and so­lu­tions to con­serve bio­di­ver­si­ty and set us on a path to­wards trans­for­ma­tion for sus­tain­abil­i­ty.

The third World Bio­di­ver­si­ty Fo­rum will be held as an in-per­son event, once again at the Con­gress Cen­tre in Davos, Switzer­land. The WBF will start with a day of work­shops, train­ing ses­sions and net­work­ing meet­ings on 16 June 2024 and end with ex­cur­sions in the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings of Davos and its moun­tains on Fri­day, 21 June 2024.

17 - 21

Monday 17 June - Friday 21 June

7th European Congress of Conservation Biology “Biodiversity positive by 2030”

Bologna (Italy)

The European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCB) is a series of professional meetings organized by the Europe Section of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB). ECCB aims to facilitate the exchange of conservation science and nature conservation practice and policy to promote the conservation of biological diversity in Europe.

The 7th ECCB will focus on biodiversity positive by 2030.  This theme presents a positive message and a call to action towards the conservation of our planet’s biodiversity.

This congress provides a platform for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and collaborate toward achieving a sustainable future. By working together and taking action, we can make significant progress in conserving our planet’s biodiversity and achieving a positive biodiversity world by 2030.


Monday 17 June

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Bonn (Germany)

Germany will host the next Desertification and Drought Day on 17 June 2024, which will also mark the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), one of the three Rio Conventions alongside climate and biodiversity.

Land is the foundation of human wellbeing and plays a key role in regulating the planet’s climate. Yet up to 40 per cent of the planet’s land is degraded, affecting nearly half of the world’s population. Since 2000, the number and duration of droughts has increased by 29 per cent, representing a severe risk to ecosystems and peoples’ livelihoods.

The 2024 Desertification and Drought Day will focus on the transformative power of healthy land for addressing today’s most pressing and interconnected challenges, including climate change, biodiversity loss, food and water security—a blueprint for providing future generations with a healthy planet. The Day will amplify a renewed global commitment to sustainable land management and drought resilience in the run-up to UNCCD COP16, scheduled for 2-13 December 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

18 - 21

Tuesday 18 June - Friday 21 June

ICLEI World Congress 2024

São Paulo (Brazil)

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 125+ countries, they influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development. Every three years, the ICLEI World Congress showcases how local and regional governments across our network are advancing sustainable urban development worldwide.